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Crime and Criminology from Michael_Novakhov (10 sites): “political crimes” – Google News: Criminal justice system at center of swirling debate as gun violence continues in Philly – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Crime and Criminology from Michael_Novakhov (10 sites): “political crimes” – Google News: Magazine columnist accuses Trump of sexual assault more than two decades ago, an allegation he denies – The Washington Post
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Criminal justice system at center of swirling debate as gun violence continues in Philly The Philadelphia InquirerAn Inquirer review of a variety of data shows that there has been at least some change in prosecution of gun cases under DA Larry Krasner, while the U.S.
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Colby Itkowitz Congress, campaigns, health policy, Pennsylvania politics June 21 at 8:58 PM E. Jean Carroll, a New York-based writer and longtime women’s advice columnist, accused President Trump of sexually assaulting her more than two decades ago in a dressing room of an upscale Manhattan department store, an episode detailed in a book excerpt published Friday in New York magazine.
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(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump plans to nominate Army Secretary Mark Esper for defense secretary following the messy withdrawal of the president’s previous choice, Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
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Eurasia Review: ndianapolis Archbishop Takes Strong Stand – OpEd

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Indianapolis Archbishop Charles Thompson has revoked the Catholic status of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. He did so because the school rejected his request not to renew the contract of a teacher who said he was married to his boyfriend. The archbishop has now come under fire for doing so.

Archbishop Thompson did not act impulsively. Two years ago, the teacher’s gay marriage became known on social media. It was therefore no longer a private matter. It is important to note that the archbishop did not demand that the teacher be fired, though he could have: the teacher   flagrantly violated the terms of his contract. Thompson simply asked that his contract not be renewed.

To understand this issue better, consider the following analogy.

In the business community, a franchise is allowed certain leeway in making decisions, but it is also expected to abide by the core strictures of the parent company. If it violates them, it cannot reasonably expect to be treated as if it were in good standing. It would have to go its own way.

The same is true of religious orders in their relationship to the local diocese: they are allowed a degree of autonomy but they are expected to follow the house rules, and when they don’t, they effectively break the trust and forfeit a right to claim association with the diocese.

Fr. Brian Paulson, S.J., the head of the Jesuits’ Midwest Province, defended the teacher, saying he “respects the primacy of an informed conscience of members of its community when making moral decisions.”

I don’t believe him. What would he do to a teacher who said he felt morally obliged to join a white supremacy organization—on his own  time—and insisted that he would not let it interfere with his job. He would fire him, wouldn’t he?

Those who defend the insubordination of the Jesuit school argue that lots of teachers in Catholic schools violate Church teachings in one way or another, yet they are not treated the way those who are in same-sex marriages are. That’s a lame defense.

The difference is that in most cases Church officials would have to monitor the private lives of every teacher, often violating their privacy rights, or subject them to an inquisition. In the instance of the teacher in the gay marriage—and this is typical of such cases—the contractual violation was made public, thus inviting a showdown. That’s not a small difference.

Archbishop Thompson followed canon law, faithfully executed the terms of a contract that was voluntarily signed, and acted prudentially in enforcing it. He acted wisely and with great restraint.

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Eurasia Review: Spotting Objects Amid Clutter

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A new MIT-developed technique enables robots to quickly identify
objects hidden in a three-dimensional cloud of data, reminiscent of how
some people can make sense of a densely patterned “Magic Eye” image if
they observe it in just the right way.

Robots typically “see” their environment through sensors that
collect and translate a visual scene into a matrix of dots. Think of the
world of, well, “The Matrix,” except that the 1s and 0s seen by the
fictional character Neo are replaced by dots — lots of dots — whose
patterns and densities outline the objects in a particular scene.

Conventional techniques that try to pick out objects from such
clouds of dots, or point clouds, can do so with either speed or
accuracy, but not both.

With their new technique, the researchers say a robot can accurately
pick out an object, such as a small animal, that is otherwise obscured
within a dense cloud of dots, within seconds of receiving the visual
data. The team says the technique can be used to improve a host of
situations in which machine perception must be both speedy and accurate,
including driverless cars and robotic assistants in the factory and the
home.

“The surprising thing about this work is, if I ask you to find a
bunny in this cloud of thousands of points, there’s no way you could do
that,” says Luca Carlone, assistant professor of aeronautics and
astronautics and a member of MIT’s Laboratory for Information and
Decision Systems (LIDS). “But our algorithm is able to see the object
through all this clutter. So we’re getting to a level of superhuman
performance in localizing objects.”

Carlone and graduate student Heng Yang will present details of the
technique later this month at the Robotics: Science and Systems
conference in Germany.

“Failing without knowing”

Robots currently attempt to identify objects in a point cloud by
comparing a template object — a 3-D dot representation of an object,
such as a rabbit — with a point cloud representation of the real world
that may contain that object. The template image includes “features,” or
collections of dots that indicate characteristic curvatures or angles
of that object, such the bunny’s ear or tail. Existing algorithms first
extract similar features from the real-life point cloud, then attempt to
match those features and the template’s features, and ultimately rotate
and align the features to the template to determine if the point cloud
contains the object in question.

But the point cloud data that streams into a robot’s sensor
invariably includes errors, in the form of dots that are in the wrong
position or incorrectly spaced, which can significantly confuse the
process of feature extraction and matching. As a consequence, robots can
make a huge number of wrong associations, or what researchers call
“outliers” between point clouds, and ultimately misidentify objects or
miss them entirely.

Carlone says state-of-the-art algorithms are able to sift the bad
associations from the good once features have been matched, but they do
so in “exponential time,” meaning that even a cluster of
processing-heavy computers, sifting through dense point cloud data with
existing algorithms, would not be able to solve the problem in a
reasonable time. Such techniques, while accurate, are impractical for
analyzing larger, real-life datasets containing dense point clouds.

Other algorithms that can quickly identify features and associations
do so hastily, creating a huge number of outliers or misdetections in
the process, without being aware of these errors.

“That’s terrible if this is running on a self-driving car, or any
safety-critical application,” Carlone says. “Failing without knowing
you’re failing is the worst thing an algorithm can do.”

A relaxed view

Yang and Carlone instead devised a technique that prunes away
outliers in “polynomial time,” meaning that it can do so quickly, even
for increasingly dense clouds of dots. The technique can thus quickly
and accurately identify objects hidden in cluttered scenes.

The researchers first used conventional techniques to extract
features of a template object from a point cloud. They then developed a
three-step process to match the size, position, and orientation of the
object in a point cloud with the template object, while simultaneously
identifying good from bad feature associations.

The team developed an “adaptive voting scheme” algorithm to prune
outliers and match an object’s size and position. For size, the
algorithm makes associations between template and point cloud features,
then compares the relative distance between features in a template and
corresponding features in the point cloud. If, say, the distance between
two features in the point cloud is five times that of the corresponding
points in the template, the algorithm assigns a “vote” to the
hypothesis that the object is five times larger than the template
object.

The algorithm does this for every feature association. Then, the
algorithm selects those associations that fall under the size hypothesis
with the most votes, and identifies those as the correct associations,
while pruning away the others. In this way, the technique
simultaneously reveals the correct associations and the relative size of
the object represented by those associations. The same process is used
to determine the object’s position.

The researchers developed a separate algorithm for rotation, which
finds the orientation of the template object in three-dimensional space.

To do this is an incredibly tricky computational task. Imagine
holding a mug and trying to tilt it just so, to match a blurry image of
something that might be that same mug. There are any number of angles
you could tilt that mug, and each of those angles has a certain
likelihood of matching the blurry image.

Existing techniques handle this problem by considering each possible
tilt or rotation of the object as a “cost” — the lower the cost, the
more likely that that rotation creates an accurate match between
features. Each rotation and associated cost is represented in a
topographic map of sorts, made up of multiple hills and valleys, with
lower elevations associated with lower cost.

But Carlone says this can easily confuse an algorithm, especially if
there are multiple valleys and no discernible lowest point representing
the true, exact match between a particular rotation of an object and
the object in a point cloud. Instead, the team developed a “convex
relaxation” algorithm that simplifies the topographic map, with one
single valley representing the optimal rotation. In this way, the
algorithm is able to quickly identify the rotation that defines the
orientation of the object in the point cloud.

With their approach, the team was able to quickly and accurately
identify three different objects — a bunny, a dragon, and a Buddha —
hidden in point clouds of increasing density. They were also able to
identify objects in real-life scenes, including a living room, in which
the algorithm quickly was able to spot a cereal box and a baseball hat.

Carlone says that because the approach is able to work in
“polynomial time,” it can be easily scaled up to analyze even denser
point clouds, resembling the complexity of sensor data for driverless
cars, for example.

“Navigation, collaborative manufacturing, domestic robots, search
and rescue, and self-driving cars is where we hope to make an impact,”
Carlone says.

This research was supported in part by the Army Research Laboratory, the Office of Naval Research, and the Google Daydream Research Program.

Written by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office

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Eurasia Review: Iran Showcases US Drone’s Wreckage

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Iran put the wreckage of the downed US drone on display for the first time since Thursday morning when the American unmanned craft was shot down over Iran’s territorial waters in the Strait of Hormuz.

Less than 40 hours after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force shot down an American spy drone over the territorial waters of Iran near the Strait of Hormuz, the IRGC put the retrieved debris of the US craft on display.

An “American spying drone” was shot down by the IRGC Aerospace Force over Iranian airspace at dawn on Thursday. According to the IRGC, the US military surveillance drone was flying with its tracking equipment switched off at the time, violating international aviation regulations.

The United States had confirmed that one of its reconnaissance palnes was shot down by Iraniain air defenses, but denied that it intruded into Tehran’s airspace at the time.

Tehran has released two videos that
show the flight route of the plane as well as the moment it was brought
down by an Iran-made air defense shield called ‘Third of Khordad’.

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Eurasia Review: Trump Says He Doesn’t Want War With Iran

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US President Donald Trump doesn’t want war with Iran, but if it happens, there will be “obliteration like you’ve never seen before,” he told NBC, adding that there are “no pre-conditions” for negotiations with Tehran.

“You can’t have nuclear weapons,” Trump said, implying anything else was open to discussion – and if Tehran doesn’t want to talk, “you can live in a shattered economy for a long time to come.” The statements come after Trump said he had cancelled a Thursday night strike on Iran at the last minute in retaliation for the American spy drone shot down over Iranian airspace.

In remarks to NBC’s Meet the Press, scheduled to air on Sunday, the president stressed that learning that “150 Iranians” would be killed if he called for the prepared airstrikes made him think twice, realizing that the deaths would not be “proportionate” to the loss of a single unmanned surveillance vehicle. While planes were not yet in the air, the operation was nearly at the point of no return, he said.

The drone’s demise has set off a number of responses from the US. The Federal Aviation Administration banned all American civil aircraft from flying over Iranian airspace above the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, claiming “numerous” planes had been in the area when the surveillance craft was shot down. On Friday, Iraqi military sources reported US contractors were preparing to evacuate Balad Air Base, north of Baghdad, where about 400 Americans currently provide security, training and other basic services for the Iraqi military.

Unlike in previous “attacks” blamed on Tehran, like the mysterious assault on two Japanese-linked oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier this month, Iran immediately claimed responsibility for the downing of the drone, claiming it had been repeatedly warned against entering Iranian airspace and its presence – operating in “stealth mode” – was a violation of international law.

Tensions have been escalating between the US and Iran ever since Trump pulled out of the multilateral nuclear deal in May 2018 and re-imposed sanctions, despite Tehran holding up its end of the bargain.

The atmosphere of hostility mounted as Trump removed the sanctions waivers that had allowed a handful of countries to continue buying Iranian oil. The “maximum pressure campaign” supposedly designed to drive Tehran to the negotiating table has so far proven little more than a guarantee of bad faith on the part of the US. Iran has condemned the sanctions as “economic terrorism” and demanded they be eased as a prelude to any negotiations.

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The Trump Investigations Report – Review Of News And Opinions: Felix Sater Misses House Testimony, Says He Overslept

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from Can’t Make it Up: Ex-Trump Associate Felix Sater Says He Missed House Intel Testimony Because He Overslept – Mediaite.

A former President Donald Trump associate now faces a Congressional subpoena because he overslept and missed his scheduled testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

Felix Sater, a former business associate of  Trump who negotiated the failed Trump Tower Moscow project, told Politico that he he was feeling sick and ended up sleeping through his alarm on Friday morning.

This caused him to miss his scheduled appearance before the committee chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Sater’s attorney said in a statement that Sater couldn’t attend Friday’s interview due to “unexpected health reasons.”

Schiff later told reporters that he would issue a subpoena “imminently.”

A source tells Politico’s Natasha Bertrand that “neither Sater nor his attorney advised the Committee of his unexpected absence until moments before the interview was set to begin.”

Bertrand also said the aide told her that Sater didn’t provide certain requested documents.

Sater told Politico that he was frustrated how the committee handled the situation.

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Trump Investigations from Michael_Novakhov (89 sites): 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump Jr reaches a whole new low

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Late last week while I was getting a haircut, I heard another customer say to his barber, “Let’s talk politics!” I cringed, fearing my ears were about to be flooded with some cultish, low-information nonsense. Sure enough, he said, “So, what do you think of Joe Biden? What’s his latest? He’s now going to cure cancer! What a moron! Sleepy Joe!” The customer and the barber shared a laugh as they high-fived each other, and that was the end of their entire political “discussion.”


The customer was referring to a comment Biden made at an Iowa rally earlier that week: “I’ve worked so hard in my career that I promise you, if I’m elected President, you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America: We’re going to cure cancer.” I found it interesting that just as Trump’s admission to George Stephanopoulos that he would welcome foreign collusion and not necessarily report it to the FBI was grabbing headlines, this customer zeroed in on Biden’s cancer comment as the epitome of presidential disqualification.



Days after my haircut, Donald Trump Jr. took the stage Tuesday night at his father’s reelection campaign kickoff in Orlando, Florida. He decided to lambast Biden for that same cancer comment, shouting with faux outrage: “What was the good one last week, remember? Joe Biden comes out, ‘Well, if you elect me President, I’m going to cure cancer.’ Wow! Why the hell didn’t you do that over the last 50 years, Joe?”




Biden’s pursuit of a cancer cure is no political stunt. In 2015, he lost his son, Beau, to brain cancer, then spent the remainder of his term as Vice President running the White House Cancer Moonshot before launching the Biden Cancer Initiative Pulse on Progress in early 2017. Politicians often make promises in highly aspirational terms in an effort to convey confidence and leadership. You can argue that politicians who do this are making promises they know they can’t keep in a shameless attempt to win votes. So, you can criticize Biden for not having said something more along the lines of “We’re going to work tirelessly to cure cancer” instead of “We’re going to cure cancer.” Or you can take no issue with such statements, arguing that these candidates are well intentioned and their meaning is obvious.


But you can’t exactly do both. Shortly after Don Jr. condemned Biden for promising to cure cancer, Trump inadvertently thrust his son into an oddly embarrassing position. Outdoing Biden, Trump declared: “We will push onward with new medical frontiers. We will come up with the cures to many, many problems, to many, many diseases — including cancer and others, and we’re getting closer all the time. We will eradicate AIDS in America once and for all and we’re very close.” It is now hard to imagine Don Jr. bringing up Biden’s cancer comment again with any credibility. But I know a barber who will probably listen.



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Trump Investigations from Michael_Novakhov (89 sites): 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s Fourth of July stunt is already turning into a debacle

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Donald Trump’s planned seizure of the typically patriotic and usually apolitical Fourth of July holiday is likely to have the same effect as being force fed mashed bananas. There is a growing movement to protest the hostile takeover of America’s birthday. Trump plans to re-name the event “A Salute to America.” Does he not know that the 4th of July is already a holiday?


Trump has been seeking the ego boost of a military parade since his theft of the presidency more than 800 days ago. His vision truly came to light when visiting Macron in Paris and experiencing the Bastille Day Parade in France. We can almost see the thought bubbles over his head: “They will love me if they see me in a parade. I deserve a parade.”



When the first attempt at a military parade failed to happen due to predicted costs exceeding eighty million dollars, the idea remained in Trump’s head. When Trump announced his plan for a special event on the Fourth of July, it was almost impossible that Trump did not comprehend the significance and purity of the holiday. Democrats in Congress have asked Trump to change his plans to no avail; the Trump administration is moving forward with his plan to address the nation on the Fourth of July.




Although Trump has promised that it will be an apolitical speech, it is difficult to believe that the Fourth of July won’t turn into a Hillary and Mueller bashing event. The plan to sabotage the historic fireworks that occur each year on the Mall, near the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument seems inevitable at this point. There is talk of both protests and boycotts, and we will see if the size of the protest crowd exceeds that of Trump’s inauguration. There will be “Baby Trump” balloons for sale, and even a warning from the American Pyrotechnics Association to the U.S. trade representative that Trump’s proposed tariffs on Chinese goods will likely limit any fireworks shows as soon as Labor Day and into the foreseeable future, including New Year’s Eve.


For families who have attended the event for decades, there is a sadness, as well as plans for a second fireworks show away from the Trump speech, and even a request for a protest permit to the National Park Service from a group seeking to fly the huge Baby Trump balloon in clear view of Trump. The entrepreneurial balloon salesman has set up an Eventbrite page.



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Cambridge Analytica from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): “cambridge analytica” – Google News: Takeaways From 2019 Cannes Lions – Hollywood Reporter

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“lisa page fbi” – Google News: Washington Examiner Will Teach New York Times To Journalism Gooder – Wonkette

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Washington Examiner Will Teach New York Times To Journalism Gooder  Wonkette

Here at Wonkette, we are often MAD AT THE NEW YORK TIMES. It’s kind of a thing — we yell at them because we think they’re doing journalism wrong.

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Felix Sater, a business associate of President Donald Trump and a key figure in his efforts to build one of Trump’s signature towers in Moscow, is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee Friday. His testimony will be held behind closed doors —  which should suit Sater well.

WhoWhatWhy is one of the few news outlets that has shined a light on Sater, his shady associates, his Russia connections, and his role in the president’s business dealings.

Everything You Need to Know About Felix Sater

To learn more about Sater, you can listen to this podcast with WhoWhatWhy’s Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker and reporter Jonathan Larsen.

Behind-the-Scenes Interview on Exclusive Trump-Russia-FBI Story

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team also looked at Sater as part of their investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Sater seems to have been engaged in all sorts of intrigues, one of which involved planning to stage-manage a friendly act involving both Trump and Putin in an effort to get Trump elected as president, as you will see from the excerpts of the report and the emails shown below.

“On November 3, 2015 the day after the Trump Organization transmitted the LOI [letter of intent], Sater emailed [Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen] suggesting that the Trump Moscow project could be used to increase candidate Trump’s chances at being elected, writing:

Buddy our boy can become President of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process…. Michael, Putin gets on stage with Donald for a ribbon cutting for Trump Moscow, and Donald owns the republican nomination. And possibly beats Hillary and our boy is in…. We will manage this process better than anyone. You and I will get Donald and Vladimir on a stage together very shortly. That [will be] the game changer. [Emphasis added.]

Later that same day:

Donald doesn’t stare down, he negotiates and understands the economic issues and Putin only want to deal with a pragmatic leader, and a successful business man is a good candidate for someone who knows how to negotiate. “Business, politics, whatever it all is the same for someone who knows how to deal.”

I think I can get Putin to say that at the Trump Moscow press conference.

If he says it we own this election. Americas most difficult adversary agreeing that Donald is a good guy to negotiate…

We can own this election.

Michael my next steps are very sensitive with Putins very very close people, we can pull this off.

Michael lets go. 2 boys from Brooklyn getting a USA president elected. This is good really good. [Emphasis added.]”

It’s clear that Sater thought of himself as a player in the orbit of both Trump and Putin. But many questions remain. Here is a selection of just a few that we hope lawmakers will ask today:

Donald Trump, Trump Tower

Photo credit: James Hughes / NY Daily News via Getty Image

QUESTIONS FOR FELIX SATER

Relationship with Vladimir Putin:

    • What are the names of  “Putin’s very very close people” you mentioned in your email of November 3, 2015 to Michael Cohen?
    • And what were those “very sensitive” steps you referred to?
    • How often have you been in contact with any of them?
    • When was the last time you were in contact with any of them, and why?

Relationship with Donald Trump:

    • How close were you and Donald Trump? Was he being accurate when he claimed to barely know you?
    • When you were working on real estate deals with Trump through your firm, Bayrock, did Trump know you were a convicted felon?

Oleg Deripaska and associates

    • Was Trump aware of your relationship with Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, who tried to broker a Ukrainian peace deal with the help of [his former campaign manager] Paul Manafort. Did Trump support the peace deal?
    • Did Viktor Boyarkin — the alleged GRU (Russian military intelligence) official who allegedly acted as an intermediary between Paul Manafort and Oleg Deripaska, have any contacts with Trump or the Trump organization?

Trump Soho, Bayrock, the Kazakh Connection

    • Describe your activities with regard to Bayrock, the investment firm you were involved with, which was a partner with Donald Trump in the Trump Soho hotel project.
    • Was the Trump organization aware that these monies came from illegal sources?
    • Did any Russian nationals or shell companies controlled by Russian nationals invest in Trump Soho? Please detail.
Donald Trump, Tevfik Arif, Felix Sater

Donald Trump, Tevfik Arif and Felix Sater attend the Trump Soho Launch Party on September 19, 2007 in New York. Photo credit: Mark Von Holden / WireImage

Trump in Yalta, Kiev, Crimea

    • Did you meet with then Ukraine Minister of Transport Chervonenko to discuss a plan wherein Trump would invest $500M in an exclusive yacht and hotel complex in Yalta?
    • Did you facilitate a visit by Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. to meet with high ranking Ukrainian officials in February 2006 in Kiev to discuss potential Trump investments in that country?
    • How much did Deutsche Bank lend Trump for a deal in Crimea?
    • Are you aware of the relationship between Rudy Giuliani and commodities trader Sam Kislin, who reportedly has been investigated for laundering money for Russians?

Alexander Torshin

    • Do you know Duma MP Alexander Torshin? Did you know that Torshin is associated with Russian spy Maria Butina and a heavy contributor to the National Rifle Association (NRA)?

Alex Oronov, Michael Flynn, and the Ukrainian Peace Deal

    • Please describe your relationship with Alex Oronov, Michael Cohen’s father-in-law, who mysteriously died on 3/21/17 and was rumored to be involved in the proposed Ukrainian peace deal hand-delivered by Cohen to the desk of Michael Flynn, who was briefly Trump’s National Security Advisor.
    • Please describe your relationship with Andrii Artemenko, a Ukrainian MP also alleged to be involved in the above noted Ukrainian peace deal.
    • How did the Ukraine peace plan evolve? Detail any quid pro quo’s involved.
    • To your knowledge, does Trump, his family members, or the Trump Organization maintain any offshore bank accounts either in their own names or held by shell companies? Detail.
    • Where does the Trump Organization bank its income from its foreign property holdings, such as Turnberry Golf course in Scotland and the Trump golf course in Dubai?
    • Does the president and the Trump Organization report their foreign bank account holdings to the Department of Treasury as required?
    • To your knowledge, has Donald Trump ever made use of shell companies to evade taxes, launder money, hide transactions or for any other illicit purposes? Detail. Who can corroborate?

Others

    • Have you ever been asked to operate as a backchannel or as a bagman to/from Russia or the Ukraine by Trump or any of his family members?
    • What did you do to get US prosecutors in Manhattan to extend to you extraordinary protection?
    • How and why did you come to be in Trump’s business circle?
    • Did Trump know about your criminal activity and prosecution?
    • Did Trump know about your organized crime connections?
    • Did Trump know that you were an FBI cooperator/informant?
    • Was Trump also an FBI cooperator/informant?
    • Was Trump aware there were Russian organized crime figures staying in his properties, such as Trump Tower in New York City?
    • Were you ever asked to provide information on Trump to anyone from the former Soviet Union?
    • What involvement did former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s son, Justin Kennedy, have in Trump activities with Deutsche Bank?

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